Office of Civilian Defense

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Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information, 1941-1945

Office of Civilian Defense was a United States federal emergency war agency set up May 20, 1941, by Executive Order 8757 to co-ordinate state and federal measures for protection of civilians in case of war emergency.[1] Its two branches supervised protective functions such as blackouts and special fire protection and "war service" functions such as child care, health, housing, and transportation. It also created the Civil Air Patrol. The agency was terminated by EO 9562 of June 4, 1945.[2] The Office of Civil Defense with similar duties was established later.

See also


  1. ^ Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Executive Order 8757 Establishing the Office of Civilian Defense.," May 20, 1941". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.
  2. ^ Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Harry S. Truman: "Executive Order 9562—Termination of the Office of Civilian Defense," June 4, 1945". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.

External links

  • Full text of government publications issues by the United States Office of Civilian Defense
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